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Town Hall Meeting: Hurricane and Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy: Predictions, Warnings, Societal Impacts and Response

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Monday, 7 January 7:30–9:30 p.m.; Ballroom E

This Town Hall Meeting will look at the weather related societal impacts caused by Hurricane and Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy.   The invited speakers will discuss storm evolution and prediction; the emerging research topics that are resulting from this event, how information regarding the storm was communicated to the public through broadcast and social media; how lives, property and infrastructure were impacted; and how the local, state and federal communities prepared to and responded to the storm.   

Guest presenters include: Louis Ucellini, NOAA/NWS/National Centers for Environmental Prediction, “Introduction to Sandy and the Major Impacts’”; Richard Knabb, NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center, “Hurricane Sandy: Hurricane Wind and Storm Surge Impacts.”; David Novak,  NOAA/NWS/Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, “Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy: Rain, Snow and Inland Wind Impacts,”; Melvyn Shapiro, NCAR, “A research-community perspective of the Life Cycle of Hurricane Sandy,”; Bryan Norcross, The Weather Channel, “Communicating the Threat to the Public through Broadcast Media,”; Jason Samenow and Andrew Freedman, Capital Weather Gang/The Washington Post/Climate Central, “Following the Storm through Social Media.”; and Eric Holthaus, The Wall Street Journal, “Storm Response in New York and New Jersey.” A Q&A Session is being planned, please bring your questions regarding this event, written on paper.  Moderators will collect them and have them ready for the panel at 915 pm. 

This Town Hall will be a launch point for the many discussions, research and presentations that will occur at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.  The theme for that conference, “ Extreme Weather – Climate and the Built Environment:  New Perspectives, Opportunities and Tools”  was developed well before Sandy hit, but perfectly encompasses the many aspects of what occurred with Hurricane/Post-Tropical Storm Sandy. 

For additional information, please contact Tanja Fransen (tanja.fransen@noaa.gov), Randy Peppler (rpeppler@ou.edu) or Kim Klockow (kklockow@ou.edu).